Chapter 70: Fiend Star Yao

After gobbling up about a dozen of Ou Yezi’s early memory shards, Li Yao discovered with complete astonishment that what originally was a multi-colored memory shard had became brightly and vibrantly colored; its radiance flickered bright!

When his consciousness entered to probe this shard, he discovered that what had originally been an observer role only memory changed to became freely controllable, able to be observed repeatedly!

His resolution grew firmer upon this discovery. As long as his soul gradually grows more powerful, memory fragments that were originally impossible to control will eventually change into delicious food. They’ll be completely swallowed!

From this moment on, Li Yao seemed to forget the passing of time.

He was like the greediest of thieves who had accidently discovered treasure troves containing the wealth of a nation. He stole with extreme joy, having infiltrated into this trove filled with gold, silver, and gems. The thought of leaving never crossed his mind.

The early memories of Ou Yezi we overturned completely upside down by him; they were wiped completely clean.

Again and again, he repeated the training of the One-Hundred-And-Eight-Hands Chaos-Gale Hammer Technique. It was deeply branded into Li Yao’s soul. He would never forget it.

And in the world of reality, time flowed by at lightning speed.

A week went by in the blink of an eye.

The accident that happened on Devil Dragon Island lead to nine competitors dying miserable deaths. One Competitor received critical injuries and had entered into a coma.

This was a rare tragedy in the history of Limit Challenge Competition in the Federation.

The competition ended abruptly due to this tragedy. And an investigation was launched as well. Soon it became clear that a competitor had violated the rules by bringing in a doping drug to the competition. Then a Fiend Beast stole the drug and underwent through an astonishing mutation after injecting it!

However, this competitor was killed at the first moment by the Fiend Beast. He had used his own life to pay for his actions.

And the peddler who had sold this competitor the doping drug actually committed suicide after finding out about these matters. This whole matter ended on a completely unsatisfactory note.

Through careful investigation, it was discovered in the underground workshop of this peddler that the Ghost Dragon-7 Drugs he sold weren’t genuine Ghost Dragon-7 Drugs. They were actually mixtures made up of the remains of several different types of doping drugs and strengthening drugs. It was unknown what sort of composition the drug had had.

Only the tyrannical body of a Fiend Beast could withstand the ravaging of this sort of knock-off doping drug. If it that student had injected the drug, then he might even have exploded and died on the spot.

In this entire matter, what caused people to feel the most regret, aside from the deaths of the nine competitors, was the competitor who received critical injuries, the competitor who had sunk into a coma, Li Yao.

Floating Spear City Local News Media released a series of discussion articles titled “The Fleeting Fiend Star Yao.”

“Student Li Yao was originally a rising star. In the recent Limit Challenge Competition, he produced an unprecedented record, receiving the collective interests of the Nine Elite Universities.

“A young person such as this should have a future radiating with glory. But due to an accident, he lost the chance to tread onto the world of cultivators. His brain received a bizarre mental attack, ripping his pineal gland completely to shreds, dropping his Actualization Quotient down to 7% to the level of a low grade elementary school student. Even if he does regain consciousness, he might not be able to ever cultivate again!”

The article was written in a tone of utter regret.

And on the online forums, netizens were engaging in all sorts of discussions.

Quite a few people felt regret for Li Yao one after another, “What a shame. If this accident never happened, he probably would have already been specially enrolled by one of the Nine Elite Universities. It really is too cruel!”

There were also quite a large portion of people who took joy in his misfortune. They spoke with scathing words: “Who told him to be this arrogant? To flip the enter command center of the Blue Team? And kick several dozen people out of the competition? How awesome he was! And now you know what. This accident has just sent him back to where he belongs!”

However to the majority of people, this was an extremely insignificant matter.

Gargantuan news only last with liveliness for three days in this explosive information era of today. Additionally, the entrance exams are coming up. Everyone was training and cramming to the very end. Who would still pay attention to the news of other people?

Isn’t this just the downfall of a genius?

With the Federation being so large, there were quite a few of the powerful, a few geniuses, who experienced all sorts of circumstances, or fell into a Qi Deviation, or were eaten by Fiend Beasts, or were silently killed in guild infightings.

What was Li Yao worth when compared to them?

After a few days of liveliness, the accident that happened on Devil Dragon Island soon sunk to silence. Li Yao, this fleeting Fiend Star, was also forgotten by everyone.

……

A week later. In Floating Spear City’s First Hospital. In the Intensive Care Unit.

A giant metal medical treatment pod was engraved with circles and circles of arcane glyphs on the exterior, forming a giant glyph array.

Over a hundred creamy white crystals were embedded around the Glyph Arrays. They vibrated faintly, emitting ripples that caused one’s mind to be relaxed.

Li Yao lay motionless in the medical pod. The body that lay under the white bed sheets appeared extremely weak and shriveled. Tubes were stuck all over his body. A Soul Calming Talisman was stuck to his forehead.

His eyelids pulsed madly underneath the talisman. He was immersed in an incomparably intense nightmare.

Zhao Shude and Xie Tingxian stood next to his bed. They listened to a white gowned doctor explain Li Yao’s condition.

“Student Li Yao’s body hasn’t actually received much damage, but he is injured from a mental attack by a mutated large-eyed ape. His spirit root is completely lacerated. His neural field has entered into a state of incomparable disorder!”

“His body has automatically sunk into a state of deep sleep in order to protect his brain. Under this state, his brain is like a black hole that’s crazily absorbing energy from his meridians, limbs, and bones all over his body. Look. No matter how much of the strengthening drug and high calorie nutrient fluids we inject into his body, it’s no use.”

“His mind can consume the equivalent of a month’s, or even a year’s, volume of energy for an ordinary person’s mind in a second!

The white gowned doctor spoke with admiration.

Zhao Shude asked with a deep frown: “Doctor Gu, from your experience, when will Student Li Yao awaken in the end? Also his spirit root has been torn, leaving only an Actualization Quotient of 7% left. What are the odds of his spirit root recovering after he awakens?”

The white gowned doctor spoke with a bitter laugh:

“Headmaster Zhao. I am truly ashamed. I have never encountered Student Li Yao’s circumstances in my many years since I entered the world of cultivators! The large-eyed ape who attacked him had injected a doping drug to mutate into a mutated form. But this doping drug is formed from a chaotic mess of inferior drugs. No one knows the specific composition, and no one knows how warped the mental attack of this large-eyed ape came to be. And what is even more unknown are the effects on the person’s brain…… Under these circumstances, we can only wait!”

The gloominess on Zhao Shude’s face grew more and more concentrated. He spoke somewhat despairingly, “Doctor Gu. You are the number one Meditation Healer of Floating Spear City. You have great academic roots in the field of the mind. Even you are clueless?”

The gowned doctor spoke:

“The brains of men are the most complicated and mysterious organs. The field of the mind is even more of a mysterious world incomprehensible by the ordinary person!”

“From the growth of Cultivator Civilization until now, we know the human body like the back of one’s hand. But the brain remains an uncrackable forbidden area!”

“I’ve tried to enter Li Yao’s neural field, but I’ve been obstructed by a wild power each time that nearly sent me to descend to a Qi Deviation. It looks likes that doping drug is utterly ferocious to be able to strengthen the large-eyed ape’s mental attack to the peak!”

“No one knows when Student Li Yao will awaken under these circumstances. If his luck is good, he could wake up tomorrow. If his luck is bad, he might spend his entire life in this deep sleep. Nothing is certain.”

After pausing he continued, “However, there actually are several hundred of this sort of cases where a critical injury leads to the pineal gland to be torn and Actualization Quotient falling substantially in the past 300 years. The majority of those with torn spirit roots were completely unable to cultivate, becoming cripples. Only an extremely few people were able to recover. At most seven or eight I guess. Therefore, when you ask if Student Li Yao can continue cultivating, my answer is…… the probability does not exceed 1%!”

Zhao Shude let out a long sigh. His despair was overflowing in that sigh.

He walked to the corner and turned on the micro crystal processor on his wrist. A cultured and refined middle aged man appeared on the hologram. It was Crimson Nimbus Guild’s elder Zhou Yin!

“So there’s no hope?” Zhou Yin could guess from looking at Zhao Shude’s expression. He asked calmly.

“Yea. The doctor also doesn’t know when he’ll wake up. Even if he does wake up, The chances of him cultivating again are less than 1%.” Zhao Shude spoke with complete pity.

Zhou Yin nodded his head, and spoke without a change of expression: “It’s somewhat of a pity. However, there’s nothing to be done about it. The world of cultivation is this cruel. There are countless geniuses born every second and every second there are countless geniuses who fall. To become a cultivator, one can’t do without having talent, diligence, connections, and luck. He’s a genius, but he lacked luck. Who can be blamed? From now on, all resources we were originally going to throw to him shall be revoked. I remember that your school has Helian Lie and Si Jiaxue who aren’t too bad. Take those resources and give it to these two then!”

“Yes. Your orders are my command Elder Zhou. Oh right. This Li Yao and Helian Lie have created another misunderstanding on Devil Dragon Island. Board Member Helian is really not happy. What if Li Yao wakes up and they……”

Zhao Shude asked probbingly.

Zhou Yin laughed utterly moderately and spoke: “I originally looked upon Li Yao with favor because I took him for young talent worthy to be fostered. But at the present, he’s already become trash. What sort of connection does he have with me now? There’s no need to mention his matters with me anymore.”

“I see.”

Zhao Shude shut his crystal processor. He walked to the side of the doctor and spoke: “Since even Doctor Gu has explained as such, then I can only wait and see what happens. Doctor Gu, I’m going to leave then….. Professor Xie, how about you?”

Xie Tingxian hesitated a moment before saying, “I’ll continue waiting.”

Zhao Shude nodded and headed outside.

The instant before he stepped out of the room, he turned around to take another look at Li Yao in the medical pod.

Crimson Nimbus Second’s Headmaster Zhao Shude’s expression turned incomparably cold; it was as if he was looking at a pile of trash.

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25 thoughts on “Chapter 70: Fiend Star Yao

  1. I wonder who’s paying for his medical treatment. He shouldn’t have any value to the school or the government anymore after all.

    I hope this doesn’t result in him being stuck with the bodybuilder’s school, or no school at all.

    I wonder how deeply those two idiots will regret that decision in the years to come.

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    • Well obviously the people who made the tournament have to and will pay for his treatment. I remember one of them saying if any of the students gets killed he would get soldier treatment so I assume he does too? Also I am sure that the only school whose offer will stay open will be the body cultivating one.

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      • Maybe. A soldiers burial costs a lot less than the medical treatments that were described for the MC. Honestly, you could probably support a family of three for their entire lives for less than what’s being spent to keep him alive.

        Possibly, but I’m still holding out some hope since the Deep Sea U guy is hanging out in his room. Unless I’m getting names confused of course.

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    • Well, this is just a competition for “special enrollment” and “bonus points”. The entrance exams are always there. And in the Higher Education Entrance Exams in China, the score is everything. If one gets a high enough score, he can pick any school he wants.

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      • Yeah, but if his 7% doesn’t get ramped back up to 70%+, then it won’t matter if he gets a perfect score, he still won’t have a high enough grade to get in. Also, there’s no guarantee that he’ll wake up before the exams are over.

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  2. I never understood if this was a general thing in China or just something authors do for plot movement. Even if someone does turn trash, how is it that all human connection is cut off from them immediately. It really makes no sense and makes it look choppy. I understand the resources being pulled and not having anything more to do with the man, but at least help with the grudge because if nothing else Li Yao did help raise the name of their school to a high standard. Great job in translating it well though, thank you!

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    • Foxxconn puts up suicide nets on their factories to stop their workers killing themselves whenever they realise how depressing their lives making Iphone parts on a subsistence wage are…..

      So it seems fairly on the money for representing the current attitude of the wealthy in China (and everywhere else – they just hide it better in developed countries) towards the working class.

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    • Well, it’s clearly not how human relationship works, not in China, not in anywhere. It’s kind of a thing with some web novels, the kind we call it 爽文(novels for awesomeness) . They have certain patterns. For example, the “rejected engagement” and “level up then change map and level up again” from Potato. Tomato and TJSS are also the masters of this kind of novels. The “slap the guy who treated MC like trash in the face” is one of the most common patterns. They exist not because of logic but because they work well. People just love reading them. This is also one of those novels… for the first 100 chapters.

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      • “It’s not how the human world works”.

        Wtf? Have you not been outside for your whole life lmao. If a factory worker loses both his arms, would he still be employed? No.

        If a pianist had his hands cut off at the wrist, would he still be viable in the profession? No.

        If a swimmer had both his legs cut off, would people still pay him and take care of him? Sure, his family would. But speedo sure as hell ain’t taking care of his dead ass.

        Now in yhe world of martial arts. If a martial artist like li yao has his spirit root fucked beyond repair, why the hell would any of the greedy, money mongering CEOs of huge corporations that act mainly for increasing profit margins ever help him? What would the benefit be?

        It seems to me like you’re thinking of the world as a garden filled with flowers and rainbows. Hell no dude, greed is humanity’s primary driving factor. Why else do you think poverty, starvation and war still occurs throughout the world? Because altruism is in the minority. Especially with those in power.

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  3. Damn, this complicates things. The artifact teacher being so loyal makes MC more likely to join his school, but we all know that his destiny is body cultivation with brutal, strength based crafting as his 2nd profession. I must say I respect the old man Xie Tingxian. But I still feel that MC will be denied the option to join his school … all it takes for one of the douche bags to pull strings and say … you can’t join artifact school and then the body building school will say … we don’t give a fuck, come to us and MC will end up with the body building school.

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    • I’m guess Li Yao will talk with Xie Tingxian to Li Yao’s home and Small Black attacks Xie Tingxian,because he’s a stranger and show his crystal brain chain system to Xie Tingxian.

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  4. Thank you for the chapter.

    ——————

    >drugs.. It
    drugs. It

    >It was unknown what sort of composition the drug had.
    drug had had.

    > If it that student were to inject the drug, then he might even had exploded and died on the spot.
    “If it that student had injected”; “he might even have exploded”

    >somewhat of a pitty
    pity

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  5. Thanks for the chapter Strivon, Lancent, and Potato Connoisseur! I wonder which school will back him now. As long as he can demonstrate his full recovery after waking up he should still be rather popular.

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